Tandberg Chair

The John P. Tandberg Chair in Economics was initiated by a generous anonymous gift which was matched by a large number of smaller gifts. The establishment of the Tandberg Chair was made to encourage students, especially those from rural areas, to study economics within the unique educational context that Augustana provides.

John P. Tandberg
(1866 - 1944)
John P. Tandberg
John P. Tandberg served Augustana Faculty (then Camrose Lutheran College) as its founding president from 1911 to 1913. He was instrumental in bringing together the two groups--the United Norwegian Lutheran Church and the Hauge Synod--which co-operated in the formation of Camrose Lutheran College.

Born in Norway on 8 June 1866, John Tandberg came to the United States with his parents in 1868. He received a B.A. degree from St. Olaf College in 1891 and taught school in Grand Forks, North Dakota until 1894. He studied theology at the United Norwegian Lutheran Seminary and was eventually ordained in 1915. Mr Tandberg served as president of St. Ansgar Academy from 1901-03.

Following his term as president of Augustana University College (Camrose Lutheran College), John Tandberg served Lutheran congregations in Alberta and Saskatchewan. He died in 1944.


Ross B. Emmett, 1997 - 2003
Varghese A. Manaloor, 2003 - Present